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Windows 7: And you think English is easy, think again

10 Jan 2014   #21
whs
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Nah, that's not so. If it was not for the lack of any pronounciation rules, English would be the easiest language of those that I know.
Oh, we have pronunciation rules. It's just that we have more exceptions to the rules than adherence to them.
Which comes out to the same - not easy.
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10 Jan 2014   #22
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Nah, that's not so. If it was not for the lack of any pronounciation rules, English would be the easiest language of those that I know.
Oh, we have pronunciation rules. It's just that we have more exceptions to the rules than adherence to them.
Which comes out to the same - not easy.
True that.
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10 Jan 2014   #23
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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I think in all English speaking counties that Spanish followed my Mandarin Chinese should be mandatory, the only thing anybody needs to learn in french is "I'm a cheese eating surrender monkey" although I think most of the french have learnt that in German anyway
I love it for sure.
"I'm a cheese eating surrender monkey"

You can buy french military rifles cheep.
Never shot; only dropped once.
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10 Jan 2014   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Pronunciation is one of the problems for sure.
I like to watch British T.V. at times but in many cases I can't because they don't speak English. They speak British and I have no idea what they are saying. I know they take all the "H" out of the spoken language and still can't understand them many times.

House = Ouse
Sherlock Holmes = Sherlock Oms
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10 Jan 2014   #25
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think most of that kind of talk is Cockney. Cockney I think, is regarded as "Ebonese" or "hill talk" here.
Correct me if wrong British friends.
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12 Jan 2014   #26
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. It originated in the East End of London, but shares many features with and influences other dialects in that region.
The term Cockney has geographical, social, and linguistic associations. Traditionally, it refers to people born within a certain area of London, that is covered by "the sound of Bow bells".
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12 Jan 2014   #27
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

A viewing habit I had while this program ran here in Los Angeles from it early days...... .wait .......I'm a bit ashamed......was ......the EastEnders a British soap opera taking place in and around Albert Square. Recorded I would replay over to attempt to understand what I'd heard. I've fallen way out of interest of EE but still love to hear the spoken word of English in all it's strains and refrains !
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12 Jan 2014   #28
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I think most of that kind of talk is Cockney. Cockney I think, is regarded as "Ebonese" or "hill talk" here.
Correct me if wrong British friends.
Im afraid your wrong, the H is dropped in most Dialects across the country particularly the Cornish dialect, my 'andsome.

in Liverpudlian they drop all sorts of letters to create a cacophony of new words

"arey la' worrar yer onabouse"
roughly translated means .
"i say old chap whatever are you talking about!"
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12 Jan 2014   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote:
"arey la' worrar yer onabouse"
roughly translated means .
i say old chap whatever are you talking about.
This must be terrible. Who understands this jargon. I always had a tough time with the people from Ulster. Impossible to understnd for a foreigner.
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12 Jan 2014   #30
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
"arey la' worrar yer onabouse"
roughly translated means .
i say old chap whatever are you talking about.
This must be terrible. Who understands this jargon. I always had a tough time with the people from Ulster. Impossible to understnd for a foreigner.
True that, we had a hard time understanding the Beatles when they first came here. I also have a hard time understanding some from the mountains of Virginia too.
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